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Bedford Medical Center breaks ground on Leavy Drive facility

Union Leader Correspondent

December 15. 2016 8:19PM
Officials with Elliot Health System break ground on the new Bedford Medical Center Thursday afternoon. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

BEDFORD — Elliot Health System broke ground Thursday on a new Bedford Medical Center being constructed on Leavy Drive near Copper Door restaurant.

The first phase of the 58,000-square-foot medical office is expected to be open in January 2018.

“This is really exciting for us. As a leader in ambulatory services in southern New Hampshire, this project shows our commitment to our mission,” said Jim Hood, chairman of the Elliot Hospital Board of Trustees and Elliot Health System Board of Directors. “It is a privilege for us to be a part of this community.”

The new facility at 24 Leavy Drive is being constructed in two phases. The first phase includes two levels and should be completed in about a year; the second phase includes construction of a third level. The Bedford Medical Center will consolidate three existing primary care practices housed throughout different locations in Bedford — Elliot Family Medicine at Bedford Commons, Elliot Family Medicine at Bedford Village and Pediatric Health Associates of Bedford.

Greg Baxter, chief medical information officer for Elliot Health System, said the facility will also provide laboratory services; a retail pharmacy; and radiology, mammography and X-ray services.

“This consolidation will bring efficiency for us as an organization,” said Baxter. “It will provide us with lots of opportunities to serve the community better.”

The first floor of the new medical office will house the two family practices, which will ultimately be combined into one practice, he said, adding that the pediatric office will also be stationed on the first floor. The new space will allow for additional specialty services and providers to be added in the future, according to hospital officials.

Dr. Mark Myers, a pediatrician for Elliot Health System in Bedford, said the larger facility is necessary to accommodate existing and new patients. There are currently families that cannot fit all of their children into one exam room, he said, explaining there are other unique space challenges at the current Bedford locations.

The Bedford Medical Center is designed to have more open space and plenty of parking to accommodate patients, according to Myers.

Baxter described the new medical office as a “destination health care center” that is long overdue.

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